Monday, October 31, 2016

D.C. is hosting the first major exhibition of Qurans in the U.S.

THE WASHINGTON POST
By Elena Goukassian
(Hadiye Cangokce)
WASHINGTON, DC---There’s no way to miss it when you walk into “The Art of the Qur’an,” the Sackler’s newest exhibit. It’s a Quran from 1599, and it’s the size of a table. And it weighs more than 100 pounds. And it takes more than one person to turn its pages. “The Art of the Qur’an,” the first major exhibition of Qurans in the U.S., features more than 60 examples of the Muslim holy book from all over the Islamic world and from the eighth to the 17th centuries. Most are on loan from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul, which, Farhad says, has “the best collection of Qurans in the world.” [link]

Smithsonian Institution: "The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts" (Ends February 20, 2017); The Freer|Sackler Gallery, Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW; Washington, DC; 202.633.4880; http://www.asia.si.edu